Google Adds 2-Step Verification And Password Sync For Active Directory to Google Apps Security

Posted on Jun 20 2012 - 5:24am by Editorial Staff


Google adding more glitter to keep App account secure and sound, the company has added two security features protecting user accounts in a better way. The first feature helps businesses deploy 2-step verification while the second enhances integration with Microsoft Active Directory. 2-step verification requires two means of identification to sign in to a Google Apps account.

What’s interesting in this is that now even if someone stole your password, they will need more than that to access and enter into your account. The additional layer of security results in reducing the chance of unauthorized access via account hijacking or through other means. The domain administrators now require the users in their domain to use 2-step verification, means the new feature will help Google Apps customers accelerating their deployment of 2-step verification.

There are also some improvements for Microsoft Active Directory admins:

For businesses that use Microsoft Active Directory® (AD), we’ve added new capabilities to synchronize and manage passwords. Businesses can manage password policies (e.g. password strength, reset intervals, etc.) using AD and then synchronize from AD to Google Apps when passwords are changed. Passwords are transmitted hashed and encrypted during synchronization.

About the Author

Editorial Staff at I2Mag is a team of subject experts.